We've been waiting awhile for the emergence of the entertainer whose experience and stories can put a rich patina on our own remembrances, an artist whose music at once feels like home but opens a new world of thought and feeling.
His upbringing in a small Southern town and the roads he traveled inspired vivid stories populated by trailer-park queens, hellfire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down-home philosophers. His humorous, high-energy performances paced by wistful ballads of lost love, life and death are both engaging and memorable, leaving the crowd talking long after the show.
Chuck Johnson did not have the typical childhood. His first memory of his father, a "flim-flam" man, was being introduced to him through a tiny, prison window. Raised by his loving aunt & uncle in a small Carolina town at the foot of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Chuck remembers an upbringing designed around the credo, "Be tough, don't cry. Be a man."
At seven years old he had his first brush with greatness when during a visit at a relative's home in Henderson, Tennessee, Johnny Cash used him as leaning post, literally. While memorable, the event would not be what brought him to music.
THAT would be Kelly Kennington, a sweet little southern gal who smelled just like the Adam's sour apple gum she was never without. Chuck only had eyes for Kelly but her eyes were for another, Chuck's best friend who played guitar. There was only one thing for Chuck to do, which was to learn to play. Kelly quickly forgot about Paul, and now, long after KK, Chuck is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a loyal following and multiple published songs.
Packing venues with lovers of Americana, Folk and Blues, Chuck Johnson always has a story to tell. He establishes a connection with his audience that is immediate and lasting, and the numbers continue to grow. Chuck's sound is familiar, but new. The stories are old, yet never heard before. In a techno-hip-hop-neo-country n' roll world, this is music that is here and now, what was once, and what will be.